Private 5G wireless allows enterprises to connect workers and assets such as sensors and machines in the most reliable, secure way and with the lowest latency. This will allow them to gain access to operational technology (OT) in real-time and leverage compelling Industry 4.0 use cases to boost productivity, efficiency, and agility.
These include enabling robots and vehicle automation on a grand scale, using operational data with analytics to make maintenance predictive, and further enhancing maintenance and planning by combining this data with artificial intelligence to create a digital twin of the operating environment.
What the new Nokia field router enables
The availability of the new Nokia 5G ruggedized field router will allow asset-intensive enterprises in Japan to connect vehicles and equipment and use operational data to gain new levels of agility and productivity. Ports, manufacturers, energy, transportation, warehousing, and logistics companies will benefit from greater operational flexibility to meet rapidly changing market needs.
Machines, systems, vehicles, and sensors can be connected to the local private wireless networks via the Nokia Industrial 5G field router. The field router features tunnelling capabilities that enable interoperability between industrial communications protocols such as PROFINET, EtherCAT, Modbus or OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA).
Offering IP67 protection for harsh indoor and outdoor environments and an anti-vibration design it ensures, for example, autonomous haulage trucks stay connected while traversing rough terrains around a mine and straddle trucks keep goods moving at ports.
This constant connectivity is vital, not only for productivity but also for safety, ensuring equipment can be halted in an instant.
The new 5G field router adds to Nokia’s expanding portfolio of industrial private wireless solutions access points that allow enterprises in Japan to leverage dedicated coverage and capacity using the recently released 5G n79 band or other available 4.9G/LTE spectrum bands for local networks.
Donny Janssens, head of APJ enterprise private wireless campus at Nokia, commented that reliable, safe and pervasive connectivity of equipment and machines is vital for the digitalization of industry, allowing enterprises to connect operations end-to-end.